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Poster: light into ashes Date: Apr 2, 2013 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just heard 5/24/72 and I'm feeling awed

I remember how thrilled I was to hear the partial SBD after only having the AUD for so long. (And it's a decent AUD, especially compared to some E72 horrors - but still.)
I went through a similar process with many E72 shows actually, where I first had them in fragments or really poor warbly copies, and later on the whole show in pristine sound would emerge.
So my first listen to a show was not always the best one... And even when you're hearing the same copy again, later listenings can be even more rewarding!

Of course, seeing it live was something else again. One English reviewer wrote ecstatically about this show:
"I was profoundly affected by everything I heard and saw. Not only did they surpass the enormous hopes I had of them, but they proceeded to set completely new standards of excellence right there before our very eyes, and to see and feel it happening was just bloody magic.
It was hard enough on that first night at Wembley coming to terms with the fact that there they were, less than fifty yards away, but by the time they were halfway into an unforgettable version of 'Uncle John's Band' on the last night I saw them at the Lyceum, I had this strange feeling that I'd known them all my life.
Perhaps the most satisfying concert however was the previous night [5/24] when I swear that very few bands could have possibly achieved in their entire careers what the Dead did in five hours. A list of the songs they played would be irrelevant, and anyway it's far too long, but every concert was structured and paced to include every conceivable musical form within their scope, and when it was all over it made me feel really good right down inside.
Furthermore, I was given irrevocable proof to support my theory that Phil Lesh is a genius beyond all shadow of a doubt. He was pushing out endless boulder-like notes that formed the base and cornerstone of the whole sound… beautiful imaginative riffs during tightly-arranged numbers, and when they stretched out, veering off the road to God knows where, it was pure counterpoint at its very best.
I'll never forget one particular instance where the band had worked themselves into a piece that trained students of the game would probably describe as "electric chamber music", and Lesh was completely and utterly in control of the whole thing, crouched next to his amp and playing his bass high up on the neck gradually stabilising all the many different melodies and rhythms flying around him, and then leading them off somewhere else completely. Phil Lesh at the height of his creativity — that's not an experience you treat lightly."

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Apr 2, 2013 8:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just heard 5/24/72 and I'm feeling awed

Sometimes you read a review like this and it just gets you all excited all over again. Looks like my ears are in for some devastation tomorrow.

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Apr 2, 2013 9:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just heard 5/24/72 and I'm feeling awed

Thanks so much LIA! That is a magical review and definitely captures what I experienced while listening - I envy the direct experience of these shows, but I am still very Grateful (old joke but funny-always) to have the music recorded, which might last forever.

I'm glad to see Phil's amazing power on this recording specifically mentioned by the reviewer, because I'm a Phil Phanatic as much as I am a Jerry Junkie, and he Leshes this jam as only a Lesh can...